This blog is about my garden and the outdoors. I am new to photography but I am trying to show some of the pretty things that grow here in Michigan. I love the wild things who visit me and I dont mind if they eat a bit here and there. I like it more if they let me take their picture. As time goes on I think I will try to show you around the beautiful area that I live in as well as my garden. I try to use my own pictures as much as possible but will also use pictures from the web. If I inadvertently use your photo or work without permission please email me and I will remove it or give credit if you prefer. I will give credit when I know who the owner is. I would ask that anyone using my pictures do the same.
... I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.......Psalm23:6
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Monday, September 23, 2013

The Bees are Buzy..................

I had a walk around the garden today. What a mess........not a lot of hope for improvement at this point. The Asters look great though and the bees are very buzy.
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Trying to get close ups is difficult. The little buggers wont sit still
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There were several kinds of bees all buzzing around me. Bees do not sting unless they have a reason. Nothing to be afraid of.
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The Asters or Michaelmas Daisies are so pretty this year. The white ones almost done, and the pink ones are not full yet, the others have been in a lot longer and spread so well. I love it. Fall colour. Wonderful
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The Holly has loads of berries, so does the Mountain Ash..........oooh I sure hope that wont mean a hard winter. Actually I dont mind a hard winter if its a short one.
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The white ones are a little over the hill
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Out front the bees were happy as well, they seemed to just love the sunshine. I suppose they know it will be short lived. We can get snow any time now in Michigan, I just hope not for awhile. Frost tonight again......
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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

fixing the roof.............

I now know why I never got time to work on the front garden. What a waste that would have been. My husband decided to fix the roof. It had to be done before winter but........well, you know how it is when men work. Or maybe its just mine.........the garden was trashed by falling shingles and a not so helpful child.
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Not sure who made the most mess. Here is Gerry on the roof. photo b1b89bab-ef92-47f4-88b8-8bf4ab110e00_zps466d9097.jpg

Tristen wanted to go up there so bad, and I caught him half way up the ladder once. He didn't try it again. Not as far as I know anyway. Naturally I couldn't get much done as I had to keep looking out the window. He did not seem capable of following instructions. Well he is only 4 but still............never trust a child. So I caught him emptying stuff out of the tool kit, he fancies himself a carpenter
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You can see they are making a right mess of things.......
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.....and Tristen is enjoying it
Notice all the shingles all over the glad I didn't get around to working there before now.
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Yeah, between the two of them they pretty much made one heck of a mess. Ah well, never mind...........Maybe we will still get some nice weather. At least its cooler now. The garden itself is a big mess anyway. Might be just better to wait for Spring.
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At least the rain wont come in next time it rains. Sigh!!!!
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Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Fish baby.........

I finally got a picture of the baby fish. Well, I think I said we had 3 fish, and they all made it through the winter. Come to find out a few weeks ago we now have 4. My cousin in England breeds goldfish and so I told him that we have a black one. He said goldfish are black when babies and its rare that they breed like this in a small pond. They must like this pond. We dont try to keep it clean like we used to. We just try to keep it from being filled with tap water (chlorine) and just try to keep debris out of it. We kept the pump going all winter and will do so again this year.
Here are the adults
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They look healthy dont they.
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I sure hope that I can keep them healthy and growing like this. They should not get bigger than their environment can handle. Who knows I might have to put in another pond.
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Well I don't know who the mother is but here are a couple of shots, not very good ones of the baby.
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This one is a bit harder to make out because it has a shadow
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Now to just keep Miss Boots away, she does like to watch them. Miss Boots has a cold/cough so may need to visit the vet, she wont like that one bit
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Wednesday, September 4, 2013

September again...........

The cat is in the garden sunning herself.
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What a lazy cat. Well I hope she is enjoying watching the fish from a distance. Did I say, we now have 4? well we do. My Goldfish had a baby. It took awhile to notice because goldfish are black when babies. So the shadow I kept seeing was really another fish.
Anyway tis the season of the daisies, the yellow black eyed Susies and the more Autumn flowers.
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What is this.....someone eating my daisies?
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These white Cone flowers are beautiful and doing well.
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The magic is in the details
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The light was beautiful I love how it glows through the leaves
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Asters are beginning to bloom
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The roses are blooming again. I love it when that happens, a second bloom.

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The Holly has a load of berries this year, is that a bad sign?
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I try to make every little corner special. We collect stones on the beaches and in the fields. This is where they end up, somewhere in my garden
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A view of the back of the pond from the shade garden
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The baskets I bought in the Spring have all done well. I will remember that for next year.
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Loads of work to do before I put it all to bed for winter. I was hoping for a good weekend but it looks like it might rain. Next week is supposed to be hot again. I am soooooo ready for the Autumn cooler days.

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